Wishful TV Thinking

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Image from Madame Secretary

Primetime television has never been a hoppin’ forum for realism. Trust me on this: I grew up watching Fantasy Island. And while our television sets have since eschewed tropical-based dream fulfilment via a white-suited Ricardo Montalban, we still like to get away from it all via the tube. Our culture’s most popular, buzzy shows are […]

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What Tim Lambesis Is Learning Now That He’s Away From the Cacophony

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I don’t often think very much about metalcore music. If I’m listening to it (usually for this job), it’s kinda hard to think at all, brain-rattling as it is. And when I’m not listening to it (usually for everything else), I can’t seem to remember what I’m supposed to have learned from it while I […]

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Kim K.’s Unlikely Invitation to an Important Conversation

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I spend a lot of time in my job on the Internet, observing what’s happening in the news and popular culture. Here at Plugged In, we pay especially close attention to how entertainment is influencing our society in general and young people in particular. Sometimes that means we have to engage—or are at least be […]

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The Little Mermaid Turns 25 (Which Is a Few Years Younger Than the Garden of Eden)

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The Little Mermaid opened nationally in theaters 25 years ago Monday (Nov. 17). It proved to be a pretty significant day in the annals of animated filmdom, marking not just the beginning of Disney’s fabled renaissance (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King followed hot on the Mermaid’s scaly heels) but also an […]

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When Your TV Watches You

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One of the most famous scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s seminal 1968 sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey involves astronaut Dave Bowman’s attempt to convince an increasingly paranoid computer named HAL 9000 to open up the mothership’s docking bay so Dave can land a smaller craft inside. Here’s a snippet of the increasingly tense exchange between them: […]

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‘I Didn’t Even Notice’

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The Entertainment We Consume Becomes a Part of Who We Are

Not long ago, someone sent me an article by the Rev. Craig Groeschel (senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv) titled “What’s the Big &%#*! Deal about Profanity?” What impressed me about the article was how eloquently he discussed the need for Christians to be discerning when it comes to their entertainment. For me, it was like reading […]

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